depravity


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de·prav·i·ty

 (dĭ-prăv′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. de·prav·i·ties
1. Moral corruption or degradation.
2. A depraved act or condition.

depravity

(dɪˈprævɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
the state or an instance of moral corruption

de•prav•i•ty

(dɪˈpræv ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state of being depraved.
2. a depraved act or practice.
[1635–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.depravity - moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles; "the luxury and corruption among the upper classes"; "moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration"; "its brothels, its opium parlors, its depravity"; "Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction"
immorality - the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct; "the immorality of basing the defense of the West on the threat of mutual assured destruction"
2.depravity - a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practicedepravity - a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice; "the various turpitudes of modern society"
evildoing, transgression - the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle; "the boy was punished for the transgressions of his father"

depravity

noun corruption, vice, evil, criminality, wickedness, immorality, iniquity, profligacy, debauchery, viciousness, degeneracy, sinfulness, debasement, turpitude, baseness, depravation, vitiation the absolute depravity that can exist in times of war
Quotations
"No one ever suddenly became depraved" [Juvenal Satires]

depravity

noun
Translations

depravity

[dɪˈprævɪtɪ] Ndepravación f

depravity

[dɪˈprævɪti] n (= immorality) → dépravation f

depravity

depravity

[dɪˈprævɪtɪ] n (frm) → depravazione f
References in classic literature ?
It was as though it were my most normal condition, and not in the least disease or depravity, so that at last all desire in me to struggle against this depravity passed.
Nothing less than a persuasion of universal depravity can lock up the charity of a good man; and this persuasion must lead him, I think, either into atheism, or enthusiasm; but surely it is unfair to argue such universal depravity from a few vicious individuals; nor was this, I believe, ever done by a man, who, upon searching his own mind, found one certain exception to the general rule.
There remains, then, the character between these two extremes,- -that of a man who is not eminently good and just,-yet whose misfortune is brought about not by vice or depravity, but by some error or frailty.
The hardened shameless depravity of the whole composition, from beginning to end--the atrocious perversity of mind which persistently associated me with a calamity for which I was in no sense answerable, and with a death which I had risked my life in trying to avert--so disgusted me, that I was on the point of tearing the letter, when a consideration suggested itself which warned me to wait a little before I destroyed it.
There could have been no such justification for me as the plain assent of her experience to whatever depth of depravity I found credible in our brace of scoundrels.
I think an atheist, with all her experience of human monsters, was for her the depth of human depravity.
Jane Wilson thinks your visits to the old hall but another proof of her depravity - '
In other words, ma'am--though he hadn't the shadow of a reason for taking the Diamond--he might have taken it, nevertheless, through natural depravity.
She at first lacked the depravity indispensable to shutting me up in mental darkness.
This seemed to her a terrible discovery of her own depravity.
And making the proper deductions for the ordinary depravity of human nature, the number must be still smaller of those who unite the requisite integrity with the requisite knowledge.
Wilfully and wantonly to have thrown off the companion of my youth, the acknowledged favourite of my father, a young man who had scarcely any other dependence than on our patronage, and who had been brought up to expect its exertion, would be a depravity, to which the separation of two young persons, whose affection could be the growth of only a few weeks, could bear no comparison.